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Toshie Takahashi is Professor in the School of Culture, Media and Society, Waseda University, Tokyo.  She was appointed faculty fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, 2010-2011 and, before that, visiting research fellow at the Department of Education in the University of Oxford.

Her current research is a ethnography centered on cross-cultural research into youth and digital media among US, UK and Japan. Through an examination of youth engagement with digital technologies in everyday life, her current research focuses on the implications of social and cultural issues such as identity, digital literacy, creativity, opportunities and risks in the global world.

A media ethnographer, her writings have been included in both Japanese and International Media Studies anthologies, for example, Audience Studies: A Japanese Perspective (2009, Routledge), “The Language of Social Media: Community and Identity on the Internet”. (P. Seargeant, and C. Tagg eds, forthcoming, Palgrave), Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology and the New Literacies (M. Thomas ed., 2011, Routledge), International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture (K. Drotner and S.Livingstone eds., 2008, Sage), the journal New Media and Society (2010, Sage), the journal Global Media and Communication (2007, Sage), Media Communication Theory (T. Takeuchi, K. Kozima and Y. Hashimoto eds., 2005, Hokuju, in Japanese), and The Handbook on Socio-information studies (S. Yoshimi and T. Hanada eds., 2004, University of Tokyo Press, in Japanese).

Professor Takahashi is Deputy Head of the Audience Section of the IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research). She graduated with a PhD in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science, an MA in Sociology from the University of Tokyo and a BSc in Mathematics from Ochanomizu University.